Hire or Rent or Lease ?

Hire or Rent or Lease
 Will you hire a car or rent a car? Is lease meas to rent ?

What are the differences among the word hire, rent, and lease ?



Hire is a noun and verb.
  • If you hire something, you pay money to the owner so that you can use it for a period of time.
  • If you hire someone, you employ them or pay them to do a particular job for you.
  1. Teachers were hired on short-term contracts.
As a noun, hire means a newly hired employee; the act of hiring something of someone.
  1. The new hires need special training.

Rent is a noun and verb.
  • As a noun, rent is the amount of money that you pay regularly to use a house, flat, or piece of land.
  • If you rent something, you regularly pay its owner a sum of money in order to be able to have it and use it yourself.
  • If you rent something to someone, you let them have it and use it in exchange for a sum of money which they pay you regularly.
  1. I rent a house near beach.
  2. If you want the house, you have to pay rent monthly.
  3. He rented rooms to a officer worker.
Lease is a noun and verb.
  • As a noun, a lease is a legal agreement by which the owner of a building a piece of land, or something such as a car allows someone else to use it for a period of time in return for money.
  • As a verb, if you lease something, you use or let somebody use something, especially property or equipment, in exchange for rent or a regular payment.
  1. The city is not renewing leases for tenants that primarily used the terminal for warehousing and distributing goods.
  2. The city signed a five-year lease with the state to reopen it.
  3. This will mean African countries leasing their land to a foreign body to "allow free development for 50 years", Mr Nooke said.

Differences among Hire, Rent, and Lease:
To take possession of something temporarily for a fee is to hire it or rent it. Generally, hire is used for movable things, such as hire a car, hire a bicycle, hire a drone; rent is used for immovable things, such as rent a house, rent a room, rent a building.
You can use rent in place of hire or vice versa.You can hire a man for wages. But you can't rent a man. 

You hire something for short time, the time may be some hours or some months. But you rent something for longer period of time, for years.
You lease something, building or land, for longer period than that involved in renting and hiring. A landlord, or a tenant, leases a building or land, under contract and for a stated period, which is mostly more than one year.

Difference between hire and rent in British and American English.
According to John Ellison Kahn (Author of Reader's Digest),
In American English, things appear to be more fluid, with rent used more widely than in British English. Americans may rent a room from a person who rents rooms, and rent a dinner jacket for one evening where the British would hire it. American also use hire of people who are employed or engaged for work, as in Robert Frost's poem 'The Death of the Hired Man'.
Is a lease and rent the same thing?
No, as a noun, rent is the amount of money that you pay regularly to use a house, flat, or piece of land, whereas a lease is a legal agreement by which the owner of a building a piece of land, or something such as a car allows someone else to use it for a period of time in return for money or rent.
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